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Insight Saudi Arabia fears Yemeni tumult may boost its main foe Iran

Oct 02, 2014    

RIYADH (Reuters) The capture of Yemen's capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shi'ite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom's backyard.The Sunni Muslim country is also concerned that the security deterioration in its southern neighbour, where the Shi'ite Houthi fighters seized Sanaa on Sept. 21, does not benefit another old enemy, al Qaeda.For the hereditary rulers of Saudi Arabia, a stable, wealthy oil kingpin, the 1,400km (870 mile) border with turbulent, impoverished Yemen which snakes o...

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